Romanian Journal of Oral Rehabilitation Numarul 4 STUDY ON ORAL HEALTH ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS OF FIRST GRADE SCHOOLCHILDREN IN IASI, ROMANIA

STUDY ON ORAL HEALTH ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS OF FIRST GRADE SCHOOLCHILDREN IN IASI, ROMANIA

C.I. Săveanu,  L. Bobu , D. Mohamed, C. Balcoș, I. Bamboi, L. Golovcencu, A.E.Săveanu, D.Anistoroaei, Anca Melian

ABSTRACT

The aim of the present study was to assess oral health attitudes and behaviors of first grade schoolchildren in Iasi, Romania. Material and methods : The study cross-sectional included 200 children aged 6-7 years, attending schools in various districts of Iasi town, Romania. A 20-item questionnaire, completed by the children and their parents was used. Results: 21% of the subjects reported they had never been consulted by a dentist. 56% of the investigated children declared they brushed their teeth twice/day. The adjuvant means of oral hygiene were used in the form of mouthrinses (26% of the schoolchildren in the study) and dental floss (8.5%). The mean time spent on toothbrushing was 2 minutes for 46%of the children. Conclusion: The results of the study underline the need for effective oral health education, addressed to children, parents and educators.

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